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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Viacheslav Zhukov Wins $10K Omaha Hi-Lo Championship

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The World Series of Poker $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Event #11 - brought 202 runners to the field and created a total net prize pool of $1,898,800.  First place prize belonged to Viacheslav Zhukov.  Even though no one knew it at the start, he was going to win $465,216 and 26 others would make money.

The way Zhukov started Day 1 it was hard to believe he would win the event.  He lost several pots in a row and was ready to throw in the towel after starting the tournament with 30,000 in chips and three hours in, he was down to around 2,000.  It looked like the end. But as often happens in poker, the cards change, a player's confidence returns and Zhukov started winning pots. He was back up to about 30,000 in chips by the end of the first day.

The fourth day of this three day event began with the final three players.  Steve Billirakis started the day on the short stack and barely had more than three big bets. He was all-in shortly after with {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and the board ran out {8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts}{K-Hearts} giving him two pair but it wasn't good enough against Zhukov's {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. Steve Billirakis left in 3rd place, taking $214,697 with him as a consolation prize.

Heads-up play went on for over three hours and each time it appeared the tournament was over; the other player struck back and squared the match. But finally, in the 32nd level of the event, George Lind check-called a flop bet and then led the turn and river with the board showing {5-Spades}{K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. Zhukov raised it to 1 million straight after Lind's final bet and Lind folded holding just 1.4 million of the 6 million in play.  The final hand of the match showed Lind getting his money in ahead with just a pair of fours. The board came {4-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Zhukov's {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} turned into a wheel on the river. George Lind had to take 2nd place and the $287,554 that went with it.

Viacheslav Zhukov said, "I'm exhausted."

He held the gold bracelet, hoisted it into the air, and photographers were everywhere as Viacheslav Zhukov tried to find a smile for his victory; a day of rest and the realization that he is the Omaha Hi-Lo Champion will change everything.  Viacheslav Zhukov took home a gold bracelet and $465,216 to help ease his exhaustion.  Congratulations Viacheslav!

The Final Nine:

Viacheslav Zhukov
George Lind 
 Steve Billirakis 
Richard Ashby
Mack Lee
Guillaume Rivet
Jason Steinberg 
Mikael Thuritz
Josh Arieh 

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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